altogether

altogether

Herman Asselberghs

video, b/w & color, 16:9, English spoken, BE, 2008, 18'

“The future is dark, which is, on the whole, the best thing the future can be, I think.” With this observation as a starting-point, Altogether fully acknowledges the ideological impasse of the post 68-era. The symbolic presence of flags and historical buildings, and of maintaining (national) capitals as such has become arguable; projected into the (near) future, they appear in a most uncertain light, and the cinematographic language underlines this: fragmented and associative, shot in black and white, the video shows sketchy images of urban scenery, some of them shot with a moving cellphone camera on a car ride through Brussels. But what we actually see is a shadowy abstraction of a city which gives the impression of a negative space whose virtual character is no longer theorised using a voice-over, but can be found in the image itself. There is no speech, only sound. Approaching its climax, the film advances towards the collapse of the visible, leaving the viewer “locked in” the current situation: fully aware of the (uncertain) future to come, wondering whether he or she will be capable of exerting any influence on it.

Image Fairuz
Sound Boris Debackere
Sound recording Els Viaene
Performance Danai Anesiadou
Original music David Shea
Production Sofie Benoot
Produced by Auguste Orts
Co-produced by Z33, desire productions
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund & Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

altogether

Has recently been on display at the following locations:

Buda Kortrijk (BE), Sep 15, 2011 Argos Brussels (BE), Nov 4, 2010 Cities under the gaze Murcia (ES), Oct 14 – Dec 31, 2010 Biennial of Young Artists Bucharest (RO), Oct 8 – Nov 7, 2010 International Festival of Video/Arte/Electrónica Lima (PE), Jun 24, 2010 M HKA Antwerpen (BE), May 21 – Aug 22, 2010 Goethe-Institut Damascus (SY), Apr 8, 2010 ArtToday/Center for Contemporary Art Plovdiv (BG), Feb 6, 2010 The Red House Sofia (BG), Jan 27, 2010 Goethe-Institut Madrid (ES), Dec 2, 2009 Festival Internacional de Artes MEM Bilbao (ES), Nov 17, 2009 Festival du court-métrage Namur (BE), Nov 13, 2009 CPH:DOX Copenhagen (DK), Nov 6, 2009 Transvisualia 009, Pomeranian Science and Technology Park Gdynia (PL), Oct 11, 2009 Max Art Fest Zagreb (HR), Oct 10, 2009 Laboratorio Arte Alameda Mexico City (MX), Oct 9, 2009 Universidad de Guadalajara Guadalajara (MX), Oct 7, 2009 Centro de Arte y Nuevas Tecnologías San Luis Potosí (MX), Oct 5, 2009 Escuela de Artes Digitales y Negocios Multimedia Monterrey (MX), Oct 2, 2009 ESPACIO ENTER Tenerife (ES), Sep 22, 2009 Marmelade Factory Lviv (UA), Sep 1, 2009 Goethe-Institut Montevideo (UY), Aug 6, 2009 Faites de l’Image Toulouse (FR), Jul 4, 2009 Moscow MediaArtLab Moscow (RU), Jun 22, 2009 Synoptic Visionaudial Art Meeting Pecs (HU), Jun 19, 2009 Refract Festival Kragujevac (CS), Jun 3, 2009 Arenberg Brussels (BE), May 26, 2009 — 12:00 Synoptic Visionaudial Art Meeting Pecs (HU), May 19 – Jun 19, 2009 Athens Video Art Festival Athens (GR), May 17, 2009 Smart Project Space Amsterdam (NL), May 15-17, 2009 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (DE), May 4, 2009 — 12:30 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (DE), Apr 30 – May 5, 2009 Theater Mercelis Brussels (BE), Apr 21, 2009 Les Rencontres Internationales Madrid (ES), Apr 19, 2009 — 14:00 Atelier Frankfurt Frankfurt (DE), Apr 3 – Jun 1, 2009 Zebracinema Hasselt (BE), Mar 19, 2009 — 20:15 Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (DE), Jan 31, 2009 — 15:00 IFFR Rotterdam (NL), Jan 23-24, 2009 Argos Brussel (BE), Jan 18 – Feb 15, 2009 Les Rencontres Internationales Paris (FR), Dec 3, 2008 — 20:00 Malmö Konsthall Malmö (SE), Nov 29, 2008 — 15:00 Auditorium des Musées Strasbourg (FR), Nov 25, 2008 — 20:00 Aurora Norwich (GB), Nov 15-16, 2008 Kunstmuseum Bonn (DE), Nov 12, 2008 — 19:00 Hong Gah Museum Taipei (TW), Nov 8 – Dec 28, 2008 Bank Gallery Durban (ZA), Oct 22, 2008 21C Retool Earth, Kaaistudio’s Brussels (BE), Oct 21, 2008 kc Belgie Hasselt (BE), Oct 3, 2008 — 20:00 Pukkelpop Hasselt (BE), Aug 14-16, 2008 Beursschouwburg Brussel (BE), Jun 3, 2008 — 20:00 z33 Hasselt (BE), Mar 16 – May 25, 2008